Lucy And The Dark by Melinda Szymanik | Book Review

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When Lucy makes friends with the Dark she discovers a new and exciting world! Meanwhile, everyone else discovers what it’s like to live without the Dark! Lucy and the Dark is a delightful bedtime story with a surprise at lights out in the form of a glow-in-the-dark cover.

“I’m Dark,” said the voice. “It’s all right if you don’t like me. Nobody does. Everyone is too afraid. Just close your eyes and by morning I’ll be gone.”

Dark heaved a sigh.

One night Lucy meets the Dark and they zoom away on an adventure to explore all the wonderful things that happen when the Dark is around. But back home, everyone else is realising that they really do miss the Dark after all. Can Lucy and Dark be convinced to return?

From the award-winning creators of My Elephant is Blue comes this gorgeous, funny, and reassuring bedtime story about why we should ALL make friends with the Dark (recommended for children aged 3-7). Lucy’s adventure brings her back home to her mum, extremely ready to go to sleep, and with the hidden glow-in-the-dark pictures on the cover to discover, this is a story that will have the most reluctant child looking forward to turning off the light.

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Reader review from Emmeline

This was a lovely story about a girl overcoming her fear of the dark and learning about all the amazing things that can happen in the dark. It would be a great book for kids who have a fear of the dark/nighttime.

My 4-year-old said, “She is friends with the dark now ay mum?” And Mr 2 said, “They did a high 5!” Both boys were fully engaged and loved the story.

It was also a special surprise to turn the lights off after reading and seeing the cover glow! My boys can’t wait for ‘lights out’ after reading this book! So far we have read the book three nights in a row and once in the morning – so it is safe to say it is a favourite.

The author has a lovely writing style making the book easy to read and I would certainly read more books by this author. Overall, a really nice book with a lovely message – I am sure we will be reading it again and again!

Five stars – myself and the kids really enjoyed it.

Lucy and the Dark book review

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